Get in Shape,
Belly Dance and Yoga Benefits:
Both have a tremendous, continuous impact on the quality of relaxation, breathing & rhythm, which increases body awareness & sensitivity & contributes to a heightened sense of well-being & self-esteem. The two movement arts are wonderfully used together in my classes for optimal grace.
Join in on the fun and feel your feminine energy come to life!
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Bellydance instructor Leilainia offers bellydancers three 15-minute dance combinations plus a great warm up and cool down in this workout DVD. The segments include a high-energy cardiovascular workout to encourage maxium calorie burn, a crash course in total body toning, and a fun fusion of both traditional and more modern elements of bellydance.
Album Description: This is a two disc set - a 10 song CD and a DVD full of music videos, dance lessons, pictures, and much more.
DVD includes: Instructional segments: The Shimmy Sisters bellydance lesson, ‘Arabic Scales’ sitar lesson, dumbek rhythms, bass looping.
Music Videos: ‘Eastern Road’, ‘Nomads‘, ‘Danyavaad’, ‘My Serpent Kiss’.
Photo slideshows and other surprises!
Heal Your Life through Movement, Mantra and Meditation.
"I hired Leilainia to help me prepare for an audition and it was the best choice I could have made for my career and my art. She has an innate understanding of how to connect with her students and bring out their latent abilities. Using her intuitive awareness, she was able to tap into what I needed to develop my art further and spark the creative fire inside me. By the end of the hour I was dancing with passion, joy and immense pleasure. She guided me into making the shift between merely doing the moves into finding the depth, story and soul of the dance. I got the role I wanted and I know Leilainia was a vital force in making that happen."
~Zoe Sol (The Tragic Tantrum and Zoe Tantrum Productions)
"Leilainia`s class is in a world where nothing else exists - just you and the dance.You forget everything bad that happened to you during the day. Leilainia taught me not only dance moves, she showed me a new way of expressing myself and feel beautiful inside and out. I`ve been going to her classes for over 3 years and still feel more excited waiting for the next class." - Ina Dimitrova - Bellydancer of the Universe 2009 Veil Category
"So many of us are out of touch with the infinite wisdom our bodies possess and with the flowing presence of our emotions, which are both dying to be expressed. This class helped me get in touch with some emotions that I hadn't visited in a while and allowed me to experiment with their expression in a completely non-judgmental and supportive environment. The class also allowed me to move past some blocks in my confidence and self-expression. I believe there is important growth to be had in self-confidence, expression and embodied wisdom in Leilainia's classes. In short, women need these classes ASAP!"- Korrie Kashuba
"The Dance flows in her blood and she patiently passes on the exotic tradition to her students." - Cheri P. Bamboo Yoga
“I stumbled upon your dance lesson video on HULU Plus. Oh my goodness you make it look easy but show us how to learn it. Such beauty combined with personality .. you are superb! Thank you for the belly dance lessons.” -(Lozan) Lausanne Ham Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
"Just wanted to let you know that I use bellydance posture during my surgery clerkship rotation and it SAVED my back and my feet. The bonus is I got a nice little ab workout while I was standing there too. " -Wei-li
" Leilainia thank very much for everything. You helped me a lot in my inner issues. It's incredible how the dance can make you feel so free. You teach with soul!!!"-Paulina Colli of Los Cabos
"Leilainia, you are such a wonderful dancer. I totally loved learning from you.Thank you for welcoming a man into your class." - John B.
“I am thankful that you are in my life. You are a wonderful teacher and your enthusiasm and joy of the dance are truly magical. You were born to be a bellydancer and I love to see you dance. Your amazing beauty is matched by your beauty of spirit.” - Thalia
"I have absolutely loved your classes so much. I can't even begin to tell you how much I've learned and how much I've grown in such a short amount of time. Your class is my 'happy place' and you are such a beautiful soul." - Joey
"I look forward to your class for days and the second I enter the stress of my day fades away. I love the sensuality and the joy in belly dancing. It challenges me to use my body in a much more controlled and elegant way than I am used to. Thank you for being an inspiring teacher. " - Abbey Gurney
"I thoroughly enjoy and take tremendous pleasure in not only your class, but the entire experience of belly dance and belly dance culture.” - Heather Kuhn
"I've really been enjoying your class, learning (and some re-learning) of the various styles, proper technique, correction when needed, music, atmosphere..............all is fabulous!" - Tracy Serakos
"Great Class! Very good instructor, easy to follow, very knowledgeable." - Shirley Huynh Management at Being Fit fitness center.
"Thank you!!! I've absolutely loved your class and your positive energy. You haven't seen the last of me yet!!" - Sarah V.
How Can Belly Dance and Yoga actually help me?
• improve core balance and coordination
• provides a good cardiovascular workout
• increase both flexibility and strength
• enhance your physical appearance
• increased blood circulation
• An hour of belly dancing can burn as much as four hundred calories.
• enhances the posture
• tones, strengthens and tightens the arms, the abs, obliques, legs and back
• increases your physical awareness, core balance and coordination
• reduces the risk of osteoporosis
• builds cardiovascular strength
• increases metabolism.
• strengthens the abdominal and pelvic region
• eases menstruation and menopause discomforts
• burns as many calories as jogging, swimming or riding a bike.
Belly Dance Benefits:
Belly Dance has tremendous, continuous effect in the quality of relaxation, breathing & rhythm, which increases body awareness & sensitivity & contributes to a heightened sense of well-being & self-esteem. And it’s a great way to slim down and tone your entire body. Belly dance is suitable for all ages and body types. The benefits of belly dance are both mental and physical.
Discover the beauty and power of your body and receive the physical and emotional benefits that arise from belly dance. Practicing the dance tones the muscles, gives a great work out, enhances the posture, strengthens the lower back, and mobilizes the abdominal and pelvic regions. Regular belly dancing of about sixty minutes not only strengthens trapezius and abdominal muscles but also strengthens the heart and increases circulation. Belly dancing also relieves menstrual problems and has been shown to be very useful during pregnancy and childbirth. Belly dancing has enabled women to overcome self-esteem issues and increased their libido. The best part of Belly Dance is that it challenges you to use your body in a controlled and elegant way. It is a sensual , powerful dance that make you feel feminine as your getting fit!
Can I Belly Dance if I am pregnant? YES!
YES! Belly dance was the first form of lamaze . It is a great form of pre and post labor therapy. The internal movements help to get in touch with muscles of the pelvic region. The pelvic area is the source of strength and storage of energy. For many women this area stores a lot of emotion. Stimulating the pelvic area with belly dance movements allows for the vital area at the base of the spine to open, freeing the flow of energy and releasing trapped emotions. Woman who have belly danced through their pregnancy find labor (and the entire birthing process) to be much less painful.
Belly dance is a great way to explore an ancient and spiritual journey. The dance evokes creativity, which within its self is deeply spiritual. Belly dancing is a powerful form of artistic expression. Learning this ancient art form will uplift the spirit, inspire confidence, create physical and universal awareness, and enhance self-knowledge. Through the movements you will also gain cultural, historical, and social content of the dances and learn the relationship between the movement and music. The dance will fill you with an inspiration to celebrate life. It strengthens bonds between community and expresses joy, pleasure and praises life. Instantly dancers will begin to embody the internal changes that come with this feminine dance and they will find deeper meanings to life and deeper connections to themselves. This dance nourishes the body and the soul. With any continuous study of movement (be it yoga, tai chi or dance) you will find a connection between movement and emotion. Connection with spirituality is not something you have to seek out. It's an everyday thing experienced within the dance of life.
Osho, an enlightened mystic from India, wrote about dance: “Existence to me is a carnival, it is just a festival. It is for those who know how to dance. And the dance need not wait for tomorrow – tomorrow never comes - the dance has to be now, here, this very moment. This very silence has to become the dance! “
• At first all the moves will feel very strange and foreign . As you continue to relax into the posture and the feeling of the dance it will bring out a sensuality and gracefulness you never knew existed within you. Just know that everyone goes through that uncomfortable stiffness at first.
•Tuck your tail bone under: This is the first and most important aspect of successfully learning Middle Eastern Dance. Bellydance uses the low back for support and the hips as the center of gravity. A spine straightened through the lumbar and sacral vertebrae creates a pleasing line and protects your lower back from injury.
• Always keep a slight bend in your knees.
• Open you heart to the world.
• Let the music guide and inspire you.
•Have fun with it and let your personality shine.
CAN I JOIN CLASSES IF I AM A MAN? YES!
Male belly dancing is hardly a new phenomenon in Turkey. Most male dancers date the practice back to the Sultan's court in the final centuries of the Ottoman Empire, when women were largely prohibited from performing onstage. Much as how boys would play women’s parts in Elizabethan Shakespeare, young men – generally ethnic Greeks, Armenians, or Romani, drawn, often unwillingly, from the Empire's non-Muslim population – would be trained as dancers, adopt androgynous or feminine attire and makeup, and – in many cases – moonlight as paid courtesans to noblemen.
Male delly dancing (and the watching thereof) was considered part of “mainstream” masculine culture. “[In the East, zenne dancing] would not happen in a restaurant, would not happen in a wedding. It would happen in a closed house, [with] ten, 12 men sitting around drinking and [watching] a male dancer. Participating in traditional Eastern dance was something done by men and women alike. We all belly dance at some point – even straight men.” - filmmaker Mehmet Binay, 2012 feature Zenne Dancer explores Istanbul male dancers.